HOW TO GET TO LITTLE CORN ISLAND
First, you need to get to Corn Island.
There are two different ways to get to Corn Island from Managua, by plane or via land and boat.
The fastest way to get to Little Corn Island from Managua is to fly with La Costena airline. You can book online at La Costena and check for up-to-date, accurate flight information.
Via land and boat
Another way to get to Corn Island is with a bus from Managua to Bluefields and a boat from Bluefields to Corn Island.
This option takes more time, around 1 to 2 days, depending on if you prefer to overnight in Bluefields (we recommend) before taking the boat.
The bus from Managua to Bluefields takes around 7 hours. There are buses everyday leaving from the Mayoreo Market (Managua), and the schedules run 6am, 8 am, 10 am, 12 am, 2:30 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm, 9 pm, 11 pm. The price is around $8pp.
The Hilario Sanchez boat travels from Bluefields to Corn Island leaves every Wednesday and Saturday at 9am from the municipal wharf. This trip takes approx. 8 hours and the price is $8pp
Getting From Big Corn Island to Little Corn Island by boat ("panga")
The public transport schedule
departs Little Corn Island to Big Corn Island at 6:30 AM
and from Big Corn Island to Little Corn Island at 4:30 PM (If they feel like it)
The public transportation is not too reliable lately, that is why we, along with a couple of business from the north site of the island, started a new, reliable and very comfortable alternative. We organize a private shuttle between the islands for our guests. This service includes that someone will wait for you at Corn Island airport on your arrival, and bring you with a taxi for $1pp to where the boat departs (Big Fish Restaurant in Corn Island). This boat will transfer you from Corn Island directly to our beach in Little Corn Island. The price for this service goes from $20pp up to $80 for the ride. The variation of the price depends of the amount of passengers. If the minimum number of passengers is at least 4, it will be $20pp. We will organize and confirm everything for you. This service can also take you from Little Corn Island to Corn Island on your departure date.
It is a frequently asked question if you need to stay on Big Corn Island the night before an early morning flight back to Managua. While anything can happen, we have never missed a plane by taking the morning panga to Big Corn on the morning of our flight. The panga schedule coordinates with flight schedules, so enjoy another night on Little Corn!.
In case you prefer to use the public boat to come to Little Corn Island, instead of the private shuttle, we can also send someone with a wheelbarrow to help you with your luggage by the path to our place, so watch for a Derek's Place “wheelbarrow” representative at the wharf. If you did not arrange with us any pick up helper, you can always hire someone on the dock to help you with your bags. Either way, the minimum cost for this kind of service on the island is a minimum of 200 Cordobas or about $6 USD.
Here, we are sharing a map with the path marked in red that takes you to our place from the wharf, in case you prefer to walk to our place without any help.
Call us anytime via whatsapp if you need any help. The walk from the wharf to our place takes you around 20 minutes.
Don’t forget to enjoy the experience, even those unexpected things! Those makes always good stories for the trip afterwards!